Nov 14, 2009 10:32pm
Re: Reelin and a rockin;' 1970-11-08
Here is the info on my favorite recording of probably my favorite show.
This is a very special release from Ken and Judy Lee. It serves as a
commemoration of Mark Cohens' 2nd anniversary in heaven.
Mark was a great friend, and a big part of the Dead community. And it
is to him that this project is dedicated, and to whom we owe a huge
debt of gratitude. If not for Marks love of music, and love of this
band in particular, we would never had known about the Lees' Port
Chester archive. Outside of a few other brave souls known to have taped
shows at this fantastic venue, Ken and Judys' work from the Capitol
Theatre stands as the ultimate body of documentation. And if not for
Marks insistance that these shows be "liberated", much of what has
previously circulated would never had been heard, and this show was one
of his favorites.
This show is a keystone of the Grateful Dead, one of those shows that
really makes you wonder, and gives you pause. A show of firsts and
lasts, and when it was all said and done, had laid to rest some old
lexicons, and created a whole new set of criteria by which the band
would be judged. Truly one of the legendary Grateful Dead shows. The
Dead had a way of continually redefining themselves, in terms of
performance, and this show buries the sixties and propels them into the
seventies. (Much like the benchmark show at Lewiston, Maine 9-6-80
redifined them for the Eighties)
This is the last official acoustic set of the 70's. Besides an improptu
set in 1978, most of the songs performed acoustically would not see the
light of day again untill the fall of 1980, when they were showcased at
the 10 night run at the Warfield in San Francisco, and 8 nights at NY's
Radio City Music Hall. The final "Operator", and "Wake Up Little
Suzie", Mystery Train> My Babe (only time played), New Orleans>
Searchin', Main Ten (last time played), all standout in this
performance, and then like a dream, are gone. Around and Around (first
time played), and a long stretch before you hear "Baby Blue" again.
This release also includes the complete New Riders set, known to
circulate only as a fragment.
Technical Notes: The original audience master cassettes (4 Ampex
C361-90) were recorded on a Sony TC124 with unknown dynamic mics,
spread approx. 25-30 ft. across the balcony, by Ken & Judy Lee,. The
cassette tape was baked and re-shelled, then transfered via Tascam 122
MK-III > Lucid ADA1000 > Tascam DA30-II (DAT) > Tascam CDRW 700 (CDR)
by John Jay Hance. Editing By Peter G. via Soundforge. No noise
reduction was applied. Audio extraction and further editing via Peak
4.0, compressed to .shn with xACT 1.3, and seeded by BoldCaptain via
Tape flutter in Baby Blue, and in Truckin'. Tape flip in Dancin' In The
Streets was was seemlessly pieced together.
Yet another reMARKable recording by Ken & Judy Lee.